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Learning in Las Vegas and Seattle Bound

I have been so busy traveling the last few weeks! I have not had a chance to settle down, but I do have a few minutes today! Vegas and Seattle!  Let me tell you, I have been on an exciting adventure, with a couple of accidents along the way. Just before I left for Vegas, I fell on a slippery step at our local swimming pool and tore the cartilage in my left knee. However, I wasn’t going to let that stop me from going! I hobbled around with a cane and a brace for about a week, and it seemed to get better everyday! I went on to Vegas, and  walked all over the place! After the conference in Vegas, I headed to Seattle to see my daughter who is having a baby boy, and to visit with my son and 3 year old grandson! Of course, accident prone me…I kicked a table leg and broke my toe the day after the big baby shower! Ouch!

So, let’s back up. I flew to Las Vegas on July 10th to attend the TPT conference on July 11th! I was absolutely blown away by the beautiful hotel (The Venetian) and I found myself in a gorgeous room. Look at this amazing hallway!

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     My suite 


In the morning, after meeting up with a group of amazing teachers for a bite, TPT provided an amazing breakfast and we heard from Amy Borrell Berner, Paul Edelman, John Connolly, and Deanna Jump! I even had my photo taken with all of them! TPT has sold over 100,00,000+ products since 2006, and Deanna Jump has made over $3.25 million since 2009! Wow!



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Paul Edelman and myself

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Deanna Jump and myself


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The first session I attended was with Deanna Jump and Dee Dee Wills. Products for Pre-K and 1: Did I Really Sell THAT? Improving Our Products with a Critical Eye. Here are some of their tips for sellers:

Three things that will make your products stand out:

1. Create a brand. Have an image that customers will identify the product as uniquely yours.

2. Be consistent. Make sure your all your products are quality products and find a niche.

3. Have a complete product! Make sure all your products include teacher directions, student directions, learning goals, recording sheets, answer keys, etc.


The next session I went to was Your Blog Questions Answered with Erica Bohrer, Greg Smedley, Dee Dee Wills, Cara Carroll and Elizabeth Hall. Tips from these top sellers:


Greg Smedley from Kindergarten Smorgasboard – Be  Yourself. Let you personality shine through your blog!


Erica Bohrer from Erica’s Ed Adventures – Set up tags and tag posts. Install a search widget.  


Dee Dee Wills from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten –  Balance content with product photos in action and keep commercials to a minimum. Share when things don’t go right. People like to read and learn from your mistakes, too!


Cara Carroll  from First Grade Parade.-  Make friends! Learn about photography to make your photos pop.


Elizabeth Hall from Kickin’ It in Kindergarten –  Use as many kinds of social media as you can. Be yourself, and let your readers see who you really are!


That is all for the morning sessions! I will post about the afternoon sessions in my next post. 


If  you are a seller, and you didn’t get to attend the conference, you should make plans for next year! If you wish to start, click on the link above to sign up, and follow me here and on Facebook for more information that will help you be a success!


Watch for my next post…I am currently in Seattle awaiting a baby grandson and spending time with my other one! Yay!


Oh, and today’s freebie is  I-Am-Poem-Beginning-of-the-Year-Writing-Activity



Deborah Hayes

aka HappyEdugator





















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